The Detroit Free Press asked sportswriter Adam Candee to ask Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Tatar about his trade from the Detroit Red Wings and what Tatar thinks about his team’s playoff run:
“The start was pretty hard,” Tatar said. “You don’t know much about Vegas from outside of Vegas. I didn’t really know where to go or what to do. It was my first trade, so it was a little stressful.”
The real culture shock for the former Red Wings forward was fitting into the locker room and lineup of a tight-knit Golden Knights team riding a fairy-dust train to the best expansion season in NHL history.
“A lot of guys are playing with a lot of confidence, that’s for sure,” Tatar said of the difference between Detroit and Vegas. “We have a really fast team here. I was really surprised — everybody’s a great skater. It’s just a good group of guys in the locker room as well. This team has everything that it takes to win and we are one step away from it.”
The Wings, meanwhile, have missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons and have not advanced beyond the first round since 2013. Those struggles led Detroit to deal Tatar and his $5.3 million salary to Vegas for three draft picks at the NHL trade deadline.
Tatar could not pinpoint how his old team might borrow from the Vegas formula, but noted the Golden Knights’ chemistry.
“Every team, every locker room is a little different. Every team needs something different (to) have that winning recipe,” Tatar said. “The only thing that I can say here is that everybody is just having fun and everybody is enjoying it, which I think is great. Nobody’s really worried about stuff outside.”